Solberg calls for cooperation during an uncertain time

Prime Minister Erna SolbergPrime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway addresses the United Nations General Assembly in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., September 22, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Prime Minister Erna Solberg underlines the need for international cooperation during an uncertain time in her speech to the UN General Assembly.

– This year’s General Assembly is taking place at a critical time, the Prime Minister said after going on the rostrum of the UN building in New York on Thursday.

She pointed to gross violations of human rights and the principles that theUnited Nations is built on in Syria, Yemen, Sudan and Ukraine.

This has resulted in extensive human suffering and insecurity, Solberg said.

Then she pointed to that the international community also has achieved important progress in recent years. Two examples are the climate agreement from Paris last year and the UN goals of sustainable development.

– Where do we go from here, asked Solberg, before she stated that we must not let ourselves be ruled by fear.

The Prime Minister pointed out that the solution is not narrow national interests and protectionism – an economic term that means to limit free trade.
Instead she called for continued extensive international cooperation.


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today